Tennis Lessons is an incredibly relatable, poignant portrait of young womanhood.
The gymnast’s mother worked on Minoan Crete, and she loved it the way the gymnast once loved gymnastics. She even dressed like it.
There is a painting of a woman called Blanche Wittmann by Brouillet. It’s called ‘A Clinical Lesson at the Salpêtrière’ (1887) and represents an imaginary scene of a contemporary scientific demonstration, based on real life, depicting the eminent French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) delivering a clinical lecture and demonstration at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. Blanche, the hysteric in question, is a woman alone in a room full of men and she is both subject and object. I am very uncomfortable looking at this painting and draw on this in my novel, Saving Lucia.
Reviewed by Terri-Jane Dow | “The Witch is dead,” proclaims the blurb of Fernanda Melchor’s incredible (and incredibly violent) Hurricane Season.
Reviewed by Terri-Jane Dow
In March, we'll be reading Francine Toon's debut novel, Pine.
For our January meet up in London, we'll be reading Dana Czapnik's The Falconer.
Our November book club pick, reviewed by Terri-Jane Dow
For our November meet up in London, we'll be reading Jesse Ball's latest novel, The Divers' Game, out now from Granta Books.